Extra-Duty Stipend Survey Results for 2017–2018

by Troy Bryant

According to the 2017–2018 Extra-Duty Stipend survey, 31 percent of responding districts pay a stipend to their high school head football coaches. Across the state, high school head football coaches in Texas receive a median annual stipend of $8,000, an increase of $500 compared to last year. Stipends for football coaches can vary significantly based on the size of the school. Head coaches in UIL Class 1A schools receive $4,500, while Class 6A coaches are paid $15,300 for the duty.

In addition to a stipend, nearly half of these districts (49 percent) pay extra days to high school head football coaches. Districts provide a median of 20 extra days.

The annual survey collects stipend counts, amounts, and number of extra-duty days, as well as information on how districts pay for extracurricular duties. Districts not paying stipends for head football coaches may compensate strictly in salary. Additional data covering salaries for head football coaches can be found in the Other School Employee salary reports in DataCentral.

Similar to last year’s results, most districts (87 percent) assign and pay athletic stipends for each sport coached. Other districts (13 percent) pay a single stipend to compensate a coach for managing multiple athletic assignments. For the purposes of our survey, districts paying a single stipend to a coach for multiple sports were asked to split the amount by each sport.

Payment method for extra-duty days

Regarding the payment method for extracurricular duties, 45 percent of respondents reported they pay only a flat stipend to cover the value of the duty and time. This is nearly unchanged from last year when 44 percent of respondents paid a flat stipend only.

Other respondents indicated they pay a stipend plus extra days, typically at the employee’s daily rate. Less than 10 percent of districts pay a standard flat rate, or pay a combination of standard and daily rates. The median flat daily rate is $200.

New stipends for 2017–2018

The 2017–2018 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey includes nearly 80 extracurricular assignments, covering benchmark athletic, academic, performing arts, and other job-related stipends in Texas schools. New to the survey are these extra-duty assignments:

  • Lead Counselor–High School (123 responding districts)
  • Lead Diagnostician/LSSP/SLP (82 responding districts)

For 2017‒2018, 424 Texas public school districts, representing 41 percent of districts statewide, are included in the survey data. For all data on stipend assignments in the survey, members can access DataCentral. Data can be used to identify general market trends for local planning purposes, but unique variables may affect individual stipend payments in a district.